Malkin Lecture Series


Part American palace, part industrial shed, Park Avenue Armory fills a critical void in the cultural ecology of New York by enabling artists to create and audiences to experience unconventional work that could not otherwise be mounted in traditional performance halls and museums.

The Armory was completed in 1881, at the height of the Gilded Age. It contains the 55,000-square-foot drill hall and the country’s most intact collection of American Aesthetic Movement interiors, representing the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stanford White, and Herter Brothers, among others.

Launched in 2007, the Malkin Lecture Series presents scholars and experts on topics relating to the Park Avenue Armory and its pivotal role in the civic, cultural, and aesthetic evolution of New York City in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This fall, we look at the armories of New York City’s past, Gilded Age design, and how New Yorkers at the turn of the century entertained in the holidays.

New York City’s Historic Armories
Thursday, September 24

Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated Artists
Decorate Mark Twain’s House

Wednesday, October 28

When Iridescence Met Incandescence
Wednesday, November 18

Holiday Entertaining in the Gilded Age
Tuesday, December 1

All lectures take place in the Armory’s Historic Rooms.

Photo: Mark Adams

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